Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is receiving sharp criticism from both the political left and right after recently discovered audio revealed his condescending remarks about farmers and farming.
Claiming at a 2016 University of Oxford Business School meeting that the could "teach anybody ... to be a farmer," Bloomberg offered the crowd a radically simplified vision of what farm work entails.
"It's a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that," he said. "Now comes the information economy, and the information economy is fundamentally different ... You have to have a different skillset, you have to have a lot more grey matter."
In response to the remarks, liberal activist organization People for Bernie wrote that Bloomberg is known for "insulting the middle class and the working class, union members and not yet union members." The group slammed him as an "oligarch spending his play money to buy the White House."
Donald Trump Jr., meanwhile, wrote that the politician "wouldn't last three seconds as a farmer."
The candidate has not yet released a statement about the remarks. He recently apologized for the controversial stop-and-frisk policy he championed as mayor of New York City.
* * *
Love Disrn? Subscribe!
- Experience the entire site ad-free
- Bookmark your favorite articles
- Access the members-only podcast with Adam Ford
- Read member-exclusive opinion pieces
- Sync your favorites between devices
- Support us as we grow